Sindh to form independent commission on Thar, SHC told

March 1, 2016 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Chief Secretary Sindh Mohammad Siddique Memon on Wednesday told the Sindh High Court (SHC) that the government is ready to form an independent commission to probe the unabated deaths in drought-hit Tharparkar.

Headed by Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, SHC bench was hearing the petition filed by Pakistan Institute of Labor Education & Research (PILER) who requested the court to direct the authorities concerned for taking immediate measures to deal with situation in Thar.

Earlier, the petitioner moved a contempt application against chief secretary Sindh for forming a judicial commission against the court’s order which sought only suggestions regarding the mandate of the commission.

In Wednesday’s hearing, Chief Secretary Sindh along secretaries_ health, special initiative and livestock_ and senior member board of revenue appeared before the court and submitted the details of efforts made by the provincial government to improve living condition at Thar.

The petitioner’s counsel, Faisal Siddique submitted that he would also address a letter to Chief Secretary in a day or two for suggesting the names of the persons of repute of his consideration for the members of commission. The chief secretary said that such suggestion would be welcomed.

The court directed to Chief Secretary Sindh to furnish the names of the members of the commission on the next hearing which is scheduled for 17th March. “The mandate of a commission and period in which it has to report to also be furnished at the next hearing,” the court directed.

The contempt application was not pressed by the petitioner which was dismissed by the court.

Earlier, the PILER had submitted that over 200 people including children and women were died in Tharparkar due malnutrition, diseases and criminal negligence of the authorities.